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US Cellular putting end to contract-free upgrades for existing customers

US Cellular putting end to contract-free upgrades for existing customers

US Cellular's customers have enjoyed the freedom to upgrade their device at the end of their contract without taking on a new contract, something that will be coming to an end July 27th. In addition, the same day will see changes made to its 15-Day Excellence Guarantee policy, adding a $35 restocking fee whereby it used to be free to swap a device for a different one.

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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z Review

T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z Review

Sony's Xperia Z has been a sleeper agent of sorts: launched to great fanfare at CES in January, overshadowed by the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One at launch, and yet grabbing upgrade sales from under Samsung's nose in Europe. Not bad for a company once written off in smartphones, and now Sony is hoping to repeat that success in the US, with a launch on T-Mobile USA. Does the waterproof Xperia Z do enough to distract from the heated US mobile market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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T-Mobile 4G LTE expands with more devices, locations

T-Mobile 4G LTE expands with more devices, locations

T-Mobile launched its 4G LTE for the first time a couple of months ago with a handful of devices on board that offer the carrier's faster data speeds. However, during T-Mobile's NYC event today, the carrier announced even more devices that will support T-Mobile's LTE network, including the new Sony Xperia Z and Nokia's Lumia 925.

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Vodafone pay-as-you-go call change could cost you double

Vodafone pay-as-you-go call change could cost you double

Vodafone has warned pay-as-you-go users that it will change its call pricing from August 1, rounding up calls to the nearest minute in a shift that could nearly double the price of some conversations. The news, billed by Vodafone as making its prepay pricing "simpler", sees all voice calls rounded up rather than charged per-second as per the current system (with a one minute minimum). That means a call that just edges over 60 seconds would be automatically charged as if it lasted for two minutes.

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EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

UK 4G carrier EE has revealed its latest devices, including an 802.11ac router for EE's fiber, as well as detailing its shared 4G plans and double-speed roll-out. EE DoubleSpeed will go live on July 4th, the carrier has confirmed today, and offer up to 150Mbps theoretically, though in practice more like 24-40 Mbps; it'll be available to new and existing subscribers (at no extra cost) in twelve cities, rather than the originally announced ten. There's also a new mobile payments service in association with MasterCard.

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iPhone 5S LTE-A tipped as SK Telecom reportedly pushes Apple for speed

iPhone 5S LTE-A tipped as SK Telecom reportedly pushes Apple for speed

Apple's iPhone 5S, expected to launch later this year, will support LTE-Advanced sources reportedly at Korean carrier SK Telecom claim, theoretically doubling the smartphone's download speeds versus the current iPhone 5. "SK Telecom is approaching Apple to put out LTE-A technology on the upcoming iPhone 5S" an unnamed source at the carrier told The Korea Times, describing the two companies as "in the middle of negotiations."

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Firefox OS launching: Spain this week for open-source Android challenger

Firefox OS launching: Spain this week for open-source Android challenger

The first Firefox OS smartphones, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, will hit the market "soon" Mozilla has confirmed this morning, promising imminent launches from Duetsche Telekom and Telefonica. The two new handsets run Mozilla's own alternative to Android, Firefox OS, taking a web-centric perspective on apps and services in order to keep costs down and make the phones more appealing to developing markets. According to Telefonica, the first device will hit this week.

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